The Journey of a Lifetime

Ryan and I have decided to pursue our forth adoption and add another beautiful baby to our family. We couldn't be happier and are thrilled! Join us in our journey in adopting baby Schlenner!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Travel Schedule

Some people have asked for our travel here is our itinerary!!! Can't believe we board the airplane in less than 3 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13th: Leave MSP airport on Wednesday at 10:25 a.m.

Thursday, May 14th: Arrive in Amsterdam @ 6:00 a.m. 4 hour layover there. Depart Amsterdam at 10:35 a.m. to Khartoum. Arrive in Khartoum @ 5:55 p.m Finally arrive in Addis Ababa @ 9:05 p.m. Our agency has their own guest house so we will stay there and have most of our meals there also.

Friday, May 15th: Orientation and meet Ahnya for the first time that morning. We cannot tape this meeting but our agency does for us.

Saturday, May 16: Visit to the care center and observe the nannies and learn Ahnya's routine. In the afternoon we go on a shopping trip and then that evening we go to a traditional Ethiopian dinner and show.

Sunday, May 17: We leave very early for our trip to Hossana in the southern region. We will meet Ahnya's birth mother and family and visit the intake center where Ahnya spent her first few weeks. Whew--talk about emotional day. We don't get to see Ahnya that day.

Monday, May 18: In the morning we go to care center to hang out with Ahnya some more. In the afternoon we go to a museum and some other sights. We get to visit AHOPE. We will also get to tour CHSFS Ethiopia facilities.

Tuesday, May 19th: In the morning we will enjoy a special going away celebration with the nannies. We then take custody of Ahnya and have an Embassy appointment in the afternoon.

Wednesday, May 20th: Free day to hang out at the guest house with Ahnya and the other 9 families in our group. Possible extra shopping trip. There is also a hair braiding class in the afternoon.

Thursday, May 21: There will be an Ethiopian cooking class in the morning. The rest of the day will be spent packing and getting ready to leave that evening. Depart Addis Ababa @ 10:50 p.m.

Friday May 22nd: Arrive in Amsterdam @ 5:45 a.m. Yah!!!!!!!!!!!! 4 1/2 hour layover in Amsterdam!!!!!! Leave Amsterdam @ 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Chicago O'Hare @ 11:55 a.m. Depart Chicago O'Hare @ 2:25 and arrive at MSP airport @ 4:01 p.m. We'll go through immigration in Chicago we'll meet friends and family at the bottom of the escalators!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring kleenex!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to see all our lovies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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